By Graham Lewis – Geilo, CC BY 2.0,

The Geilo School 2019: Evolving Soft Matter: Shape, Dynamics and Functionality

This will be the 25th Geilo School held every two years since 1971 at Geilo Norway.

By Graham Lewis – Geilo, CC BY 2.0


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A Shape is an important concept in many areas of soft matter like colloidal and interface science, crumpling of two-dimensional sheets, as well as surfaces and membranes in biology. The description and control of shape in surfaces and interfaces is thus of wide interest in evolving soft matter systems.

B Dynamics in evolving soft matter occurs as nonequilibrium phenomena where local shape and curvedness changes in moving surfaces and interfaces as for example in growth, fracture, deformation. pattern formation, flocking behavior and morphogenesis in living matter.

C Functionality of evolving soft matter is important in many applications like the use of foams, adhesives, detergents, cosmetics, paints, food additives, lubricants, smart materials and soft robotics. In addition, functionality is obviously abundantly important in all biological materials.

Topics will cover both experiments and theory. In addition to about 40 hours of invited lectures and seminars, there will be tutorials and discussions. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts for a poster session.

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The objective of this School is to bring together researchers with various interests and background in fields like soft matter science, complex matter physics, biological physics, mechanical or chemical engineering. The focus of the School is synergism between modern science and technology in the area of  physics inspired by evolving soft matter

Invited Lecturers

Eric Clement, ESPCI, Paris, France
Stéphane Douady, Univ. Paris-Diderot, France
Tom Witten, Univ. Chicago, USA
Daniel Bonn, Univ. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Maria Helena Godinho, New Univ. Lisbon, Portugal
David Hu, Georgia Tech., USA
Ramin Golestanian, Max Planck Inst., Göttingen, Germany
David Nelson, Harvard Univ., USA
Adrian Rennie, Uppsala Univ., Sweden
Petra Rudolf, Univ. Groningen, Netherlands
Alain Goriely, Oxford Univ., UK

Accomodation and transportation

Accommodation including all meals: From 850 NOK per person and night for double room in cabins at the hotel.
For other options see  REGISTRATION page.
Transportation from Oslo Airport at 15:00 to Geilo on March 11 and back to airport with arrival before 11:30 on March 21 will be provided.

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Organizing Committee

Arne T. Skjeltorp – Institute for Energy Technology and Giamag Technologies, Norway
Jon Otto Fossum – NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Geir Helgesen – Institute for Energy Technology and the University of Oslo, Norway
Paul Dommersnes – NTNU, Trondheim and Giamag Technologies, Norway
Kenneth Knudsen – Institute for Energy Technology and NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

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Target participants

The Geilo School is intended for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and others who would like to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of soft matter for application to research in their respective fields.


The number of participants will be limited to about 75.
Deadline : 5 February 2019


It is planned to have lectures in this School published as papers in The European Physical Journal as a Special Topics Issue (Springer).